Moussaoui and El Mellali replace M’Bolhi and Feghouli

Rabah Madjer has called up Toufik Moussaoui and Farid El Mellali to the latest Algeria squad to replace Rais M’Bolhi and Sofiane Feghouli.


M’Bolhi and Feghouli pulled out of the Algeria squad as they refuse to play for the manager Madjer, so the Paradou AC duo have been called up as replacements.

Moussaoui recently made his first appearance for the Algerian national team, with a poor personal performance as he conceded two easy goals to Saudi Arabia in Spain.

El Mellali also made his debut within the past year, appearing for the Desert Foxes in recent friendly matches making a cameo entrance from the bench.

The two replacements come as no surprise, with the FA president Khereddine Zetchi looking to use his Paradou propaganda in an attempt to sell his former players to Europe.

Algeria are playing against Cape Verde and Portugal at the beginning of June. 18 of the 24 players selected by Madjer were born in Algeria, with just six born in Europe. This has been a recurring theme of Madjer’s selections.

The pressure is growing on the manager, and he has recently been removed from his role as manager of the local side involving domestic players. His selections are said to be based on Zetchi wanting to sell Paradou youth products to European clubs.

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